Oregon GMO Bans Hurt All Farmers

Cindy Zimmerman 6 Comments

Last week, two Oregon counties voted overwhelmingly to ban the cultivation of genetically engineered (GE) crops. The initiatives in Josephine County and Jackson County, which border California, passed by as much as a two to one margin.

oregonfb“This isn’t Monsanto or Syngenta, these are local farms that have been farming the way they have chosen here in the valley for generations,” said Ian Tolleson of the Oregon Farm Bureau. “Regrettably ideology has won over sound science and common sense.”

Oregon has a right-to-farm law and last year the state legislature passed a law preempting local governments from regulating genetically engineered crops. However, since Jackson County’s GMO measure was already approved for the ballot, it was exempted from that bill. And supporters of the ban say it is “well crafted” to withstand a legal challenge to the right-to-farm law and Oregon’s constitution.

“It’s important to know that the Josephine county measure is actually unenforceable, where the Jackson County is,” said Tolleson. “Farm Bureau’s stance is that it should be up to the land owner to decide how to grow crops.”

Tolleson says the Oregon Farm Bureau is unhappy with the “farmer vs. farmer” attitude between organic and traditional farmers that have colored the county votes. “We really value everyone’s decision to choose how they farm and if this were a bill banning organic farming, for instance … we would be opposed to that as well.”

He adds that “having this debate at the ballot box really hurts the industry.”
Interview with Ian Tolleson, Oregon Farm Bureau

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Comments 6

  1. Robert Wager

    It is amazing that one segment of the farming community have convinced people that their right to farm their way is threatened (even though there is zero evidence of any organic farmer ever losing certification from trace amounts of GE ending up in their field (see OGSTA v Monsato). So in essence the right to farm is only a right for some farmers and if some farmers may self imposed rules they can then dicatate their rules on everyone else. Interesting POV. It will be very interesting when the courts weigh in on this POV.

  2. SMarc

    Kinda funny how everywhere banning GMOs due to how toxic they are to the body. Is that because the farmers who farm on GMO land makes it impossible to grow organic after the contamination of GMOs? Stop playing God with food!

    1. Robert Wager

      Funny how everry single food safety authority in the world, every single health authority in the world disagree with the fear stories

      A Decade of EU-Funded GMO Research 2001-2010

      Food Safety:
      “The main conclusion to be drawn from the efforts of more than 130 research projects, covering a period of more than 25 years of research, and involving more than 500 independent research groups, is that biotechnology, and in particular GMOs, are not per se more risky than e.g. conventional plant breeding technologies.”

  3. Paulette Washburn

    The common sense here is that people are not God! The research is endless on the dangers of GMO’s! That good ol’ Monsanto goes to great lengths to keep from the consumer. They hold hands with the fraud & death administration who also goes above and beyond to hide the real science behind the truth of these genetically modified seeds! They fire the the employees who attempt to come forward with the truth and smear their reputation. Then the revolving door between Monsanto, the FDA and other government agencies is quite staggering. Where is the conflict of interest come into play? And to flip this around how is it fair for the government to take away the rights of the local governments to regulate what is grown in their county!? I have a feeling this will some how be turned over from some yet to be seen small print that hasn’t even been written yet but will sneak in to show its ugly little face as though its been there all along…..

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